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Jennifer O'Donnell

Managing School Breaks and Work

By January 12, 2013

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My children have a few days off from school at the end of the month. I enjoy having them home, but it's always a juggling act trying to work my job around their school schedule. A lot of parents have the same challenge.

I never thought life as a working mom would be so hard. I really believed, when I was first pregnant, that it would be so much easier. I just had to plan ahead and it would all work out.

But it doesn't always work out. There are days when my kids need me to help with homework, but I'm too stressed or tired to do it. There are times when I'm distracted at work, because I'm worried that I sent a child to school that maybe should have stayed home. There are times I wish I had a clone of myself to help me juggle it all, and then there are times I want to do it all myself.

I wish I had the answer on how to pull it all off without a hitch. But I don't. I guess it comes down to this: do the best you can, everyday. Be happy with that.

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